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West Maui Hospital Foundation

Despite receiving approval from the state in 2009, a community hospital development project in West Maui has struggled to obtain funding for the past 9 years. That is a big deal for a community where it can take as long as two hours to reach the nearest hospital.

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Voters will get the chance to decide whether or not property taxes should be used to fund Hawaii's public schools. A judge ruled on Friday that a referendum question to amend the state constitution could remain on the November ballot. 

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On Stargazer today, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips about a congressionally mandated report to develop a new telescope to search for alien life.

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The clock is winding down on three decades of U.S. financial aid to certain countries in the Northern Pacific region. U.S. economic assistance under the Compact of Free Association is set to expire in five years – dealing quite a blow to the health care systems in three Pacific Island nations. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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On Helping Hand this week, the Hawaii Parkinson Association return ahead of their walk Sunday Sept. 16 at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes Jerry Boster, HPA President and Lindsey Sutton, HPA Secretary and Head of their Exercise Committee.

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  The Sierra 50th-anniversary big milestone with its 50th anniversary celebration this weekend.

An event Friday night at Kualoa Ranch is to showcase local green businesses, as Hawaii as an island state has committed to lofty sustainability goals in an effort to become more self-sufficient.

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  A high stakes battle playing out in our nation’s capital.  Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono sits on the committee that is holding the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Today marks the fourth and final day of the very contentious proceedings and following a line of questioning about the nominee’s emails that shed some light on his thinking about race and in particular issues that affect our island state.

 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

In this segment, it’s a pleasure to take you to an amazing homeless shelter and affordable housing complex on Maui. 

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Despite some glowing heat from fissure 8, the Kīlauea lava flow has slowed down, at least for the time being.  But the destruction and displacement from the flow into lower Puna which began May 3rd is still being addressed by county, state and federal agencies.  We get an update on the federal response from HPR Contributing Reporter Sherry Bracken.



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 There just might be a new hospital in West Maui— if the non-profit that got it designed and approved could only find some big financial backers. 

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Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are taking up a master plan for more than 500 hundred acres in Wahiawa. The land was acquired six years ago to safeguard a rich cultural resource.

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The Honolulu Planning Commission held a public hearing yesterday on several proposals that would change the way Temporary Vacation Units, or TVU’s, operate on Oahu. Dozens of Oahu residents appeared in person to testify.

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As Hurricane Lane approached the islands, West Maui residents prepared for wind and rain. Instead, they were awakened by three brush fires that burned more than 2,000 acres. Since then, the community has come together to help the hardest-hit families rebuild.

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Baby Boomers are celebrating their 65th birthdays at a rate of 8-10-thousand each day.  And many aren’t prepared for health care expenses.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Amid all the high-rise developments in Kaka’ako, one property owner has decided to turn the clock back 90 years. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

 

 

 

The Dearborn Chemical Company Warehouse was built in 1928 on Ward Avenue, between Waimanu and Kawai’ahao Streets. 

Dearborn 535 LLC is requesting a building permit to spend $5 million to restore the property to its original 1928 configuration.  Jenna Wells is Dearborn’s executive director.

 

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Hurricane Lane only recently departed the Hawaiian Islands but other storms, Hurricanes Norman and Oliva, are moving our way.

The Conversation producer Ryan Finnerty takes a closer look at how storms disrupt the all-important ocean shipping industry here in Hawaii. Brad Dechter is the President of the freight company Dependable Hawaiian Express as Hurricane Lane moved through.

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Over the past several months, the destructive eruption of Kilauea claimed some 700 structures and displaced entire communities. The lava activity has also opened the doors to research never before collected with the help of drones and undersea robotics.

USGS Volcanologist  Wes Thelen explains what is behind the pause in the lava eruption and what may come next.

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Among the objects feared lost in the fire at Brazil’s National Museum are Egyptian mummies, dinosaur bones, and the oldest human skull found in the Americas. Officials estimate 90 percent of the museum’s 20 million artifacts burned in Sunday’s fire. This may have included a royal Hawaiian feather cloak that found its way to Rio centuries ago. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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America On the Line is a weekday radio call-in program to bring Americans together for a national conversation during the lead-up to the midterm elections. It airs live Monday through Thursday, 2 - 3pm Hawaii Standard Time (8-9 p.m. Eastern time), September 10-November 8, 2018.

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Scores of new high-rises are planned for Oahu’s urban core. Starting October first anyone who develops a unit that could impact schools in the area will be assessed an impact fee of $3,800.

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Hotel workers in Waikiku as well as on the mainland took to the streets in an effort to flex their political muscle.

In San Francisco, police arrested 75 people during yesterday’s rally in front of Marriott’s Union Street hotel. In Boston, workers staged a sit-in on a city street, though there were no arrests.

A similar effort was tried in Waikiki but United Here workers ended up gathering on Kakalaua across from the Waikiki Marriott where union leaders announced they will take a strike vote on September 10th. 

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An ongoing dispute over the use of state-owned beachfront land in Kahala is heading to the Board of Land and Natural Resources next week.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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It’s been a little more than a week since Hurricane Lane passed by Hawaii. The storm brought torrential rains to some parts of the state—especially certain areas of Hawaii Island. The Kona districts were fairly unscathed, while districts from South Kohala through Ka’u were hit hard--especially in East Hawaii. The recovery has begun, but it’s moving in stages.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

The recent Lahaina brush fire burned down thirteen houses and threatened residents all the way to Kā‘anapali.  The fire advanced to the perimeter of Ka Hale A Ke Ola, a homeless housing center, whose 300 residents felt the heat on their backs as they evacuated.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that center, which emerged without a scorch, is part of Maui’s housing safety net.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Labor Day is meant to be a day of rest for workers across the country. But some Hawaiʻi residents will actually spend it working not just one but two jobs. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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This week on Stargazer, we learn about an observation of the aurora on Saturn as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

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This week on Helping Hand, local nonprofit Wild Aloha Foundation joins HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss their fundraising event September 6th at Amuse Wine Bar, Winos for Rhinos.

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Hawaii's triumphant little leaguers have returned home as world champions. Team members Taylin Oana, Jace Souza, Zachary Won, Mana Lau Kong, Kory Chu, and Hunter Nishina came into the HPR studio to share some of their experiences from the whirlwind trip to the U.S. mainland. 

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Adaptive Surfers from around the world are expressing displeasure with a new scoring policy. 

The sport of adaptive surfing uses modified boards and equipment to allow people with physical limitations to ride ocean waves. The sport has been gaining popularity worldwide after the Hawaii-based organization Access Surf started the first ever adaptive surfing contest 11 years ago.

Lāna‘i 3.0

Aug 31, 2018
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Dozens of former Lāna‘i residents have returned to the island to help chart its future, including Pulama Lānai’s  COO. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier, has more.

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